Shock as barber shop given chop

Last updated 05:00 25/06/2012
Faith and Brian Taylor
JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/Fairfax NZ

PLANNING NEXT ADVENTURE: Faith and Brian Taylor, of Taylor's Mens Hairdressing, with customers John Woods, left, and Roy Sixtus. After 31 years in their North Avon Rd location, they are closing because of earthquake damage to the building.

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A barber's shop is getting the chop after its building was deemed unsafe.

Brian and Faith Taylor, of Taylor's Mens Hairdressing, said goodbye to their shop of more than 30 years on Friday after their landlords told them it was no longer safe to be in the North Avon Rd building.

The couple, both 65, were shocked when their landlords told them they had to leave.

"We were blown away," Brian Taylor said.

"We knew the place was damaged, but you just tell yourself they'll fix it ... because it's your income."

They opened the shop in 1981 and it has become a family business with their daughter, Ruth Shaw, also working there.

One of the barber's chairs is the original that Brian Taylor used when he trained in 1962.

After some initial tears, the couple decided it was a chance to retire early.

Brian Taylor said they would miss it, especially the customers, but might relieve other barbers in Christchurch if they needed a hand.

Instead of opening the shop today, they have started planning their next adventure, which will include fishing in the Marlborough Sounds, travelling in their motorhome and working with the Salvation Army.

Faith Taylor said the landlords had told them demolition of the building would start today.

The Taylors' landlord confirmed the building was not safe to occupy, but would not comment further.

A Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority spokeswoman said Cera had not ordered its demolition.

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